Jesus Heals Blind Bartimeus

Reading: Matthew 20:29-34, Mark 10:46-52, Luke 18:35-43

       “’Go,’ said Jesus, ‘your faith has healed you.’ Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road. Mark 10:52

 Today’s Journey

Matthew records two blind men, while Mark and Luke only record one. Mark actually names him and shares his background. In that day if you wanted to investigate whether the miracle really happened, Mark gave you the source to verify the story. Bartimaeus calls out for Jesus to have mercy on him. And the people around him try to get him to be quiet. Why do you think they tried to quiet Bart?

Nonetheless, Bart cries out even louder. The result is Jesus hears and asks for Bart to be brought to him. Then Jesus asks, “What do you want me to do for you?” Doesn’t this seem like an obvious question? Why would Jesus ask such an obvious question?

He responded, “I want to see!” Jesus told Bart it was his faith that brought the healing. How did Bart display his faith?

Jesus then told him to receive his healing. And Bart immediately received his sight and followed Jesus. Here is another question for you to consider. What did Bart do actually to win his healing? How do we receive miracles that Jesus declares to be ours?

The best part of the healing was not just Bart receiving his sight. He became a follower of Jesus. Maybe that is how Mark actually knew his story. It seems like Mark knew him personally and heard the story directly from Bart.

Are you just looking for a miracle, or are you ready to follow Jesus?

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